Envy is a Monster (and it Makes You One Too)

I’ve been reading the same novel for a ridiculously long time.  Months and months.  In my defense, it is over 700 pages.  It’s called, Three Daughters.  It takes place in a village near Jerusalem starting in the late 1800’s.  I’m nearing the end of the book, and it’s now in the 1940’s.

The book goes into amazing detail of the life of one daughter after another.  The beauty of the third daughter is remarkable . . . I mean, the author remarks on it repeatedly.  Besides being beautiful, she’s smart, pleasant, considerate, loving, trusting . . . I mean, who wouldn’t love her?  Most people do.  The only one who doesn’t is her cousin, who isn’t beautiful . . . she could have some of the other attributes, but her jealousy blinds her and makes her a nasty booger.

It’s too bad, because do you ever notice how someone who isn’t necessarily naturally, physically beautiful, can become more beautiful-looking if you get to know them, and they’re beautiful on the inside?  Well, I suppose the opposite is true.  I suppose it’s because, when we find someone to be ugly on the inside we look for their flaws.  When we become fond of someone, we look for the positive things about them.

The cousin’s envy made her even less beautiful.  I focus on being content, even joyful, with what I have.  But, I have been guilty of looking around, and feeling frustrated that I don’t have what others have, especially when I tell myself I “deserve” to have more because of my experience, hard work, education level, or when I fool myself into thinking I’m a better person.

Do you know what that kind of thinking brings me?  Misery.

We’ve been covering Exodus at church over the last few months.  The Pastor was going over the ten commandments, and as I have been thinking about envy, I’ve thought of this commandment, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.Exodus 20:17 (American Standard Version). 

I’ve been thinking about how God often gives us direction so we can bring other people to Him – to represent Him better, and for us to learn to put our trust in Him.  Often, the direction is hard to understand, because it’s about our eternal lives, and it’s hard for us to think in those terms.  But, I feel like the ten commandments were given, at least in part, for our own good while we’re living here on Earth.

I understand, a theologian may say the ten commandments were to the Jews, and we have to be careful of how we interpret scripture written to the Jews and not to the Gentiles.  But, most of the ten commandments are also referenced in the New Testament.

I think about the following commandment:  “ “Honor your father and your mother”  Exodus 20:12 (American Standard Version).  At first, it seems this is for our parents’ sake, but the verse continues, “that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”  So, it seems that it’s actually for our own good, right here, right now. 

I think this is true about coveting what others have.  Wanting what we don’t have only leads us to act and feel ugly, and that’s not the path to a joyful life.

 

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Can I Do it All?

I recently saw a video where Mike Rowe said you should not follow your dreams, but follow opportunity.  Wait, do you know who Mike Rowe is?  Among other things he used to host Dirty Jobs.  I really liked that show.  You should check it out if you haven’t seen it.

Anyway, he said most of the successful people he has met looked around for opportunity, exploited the opportunity, worked hard to make it work, and found a way to love it.

I agree with this, because many of us aren’t fortunate enough to figure out that one thing we’re passionate about and make that our livelihood.  Most people I know haven’t even stayed in the same field their whole career.  Quite a few of them have had two or three careers.

My career started in Human Resources.  The opportunity to be a Regional Manager over Customer Service presented itself.  I wanted the chance to manage others, so I took the job.  I learned a ton, and I was in that position for over nine years.  I always thought getting back into HR would be an option for me, as I was certified, and I used my HR knowledge daily.  As it turned out though, that wasn’t the case.  For whatever reason, I’ve found getting another position in HR to be difficult.

I can think of many opportunities throughout my career that I seized.  Some worked out, and some didn’t.  A few months ago, I was given a promotion at work.  It’s a great opportunity in Safety, which is outside of my background in HR, but still overlapping.  The new job requires me to work an additional hour a day.  In addition, I’ve decided to further my education in this area, so I’m taking an online Occupational Safety course through the local community college.  I’ve been able to complete most of my assignments over my lunch hour.

I’ve noticed, since I started the new job in September, that I fall asleep early (the same time as the kids) most nights.  I have plenty to do and I used to get a lot done at night, but I’ve decided I must need the sleep, so most nights I don’t fight it.  The blog has suffered some.  I haven’t posted as often because writing is something I used to do after the kids went to sleep.  Also, while it’s good to have some things going on in my life to feel inspired, I’m so mentally engaged lately that I don’t seem to have the mental energy left to be creative.

I’m getting an A in my class right now, so that makes me happy.  I’m also glad to be back in a more professional-level position.  But, some other areas may be suffering.  I’ve only been taking the class for two weeks, so we’ll see how I’m doing when that settles down some.  Right now, it feels like a lot, so I don’t yet know if I’ll be able to do it all.  I’m hopeful that it will all be worth it.

Have you ever had a time when you wonder if you’re taking on too much?

 

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Losing Weight is Hard (Really Hard!) When You’re Middle-Aged

For some of you, the title may be stating the obvious!  I’ve previously posted about my sudden weight-gain and my struggle to get in better shape.  I haven’t posted about it for a while, because for a long time I was not getting anywhere.  In fact, I was continuing to gain!  Over the last 15 years, I’ve hovered around the same weight, except during extreme times such as pregnancies, or weight-loss because of severe stress.  I was about 15 lbs. overweight.  I wanted to lose a little, but I wasn’t overweight enough to make it a real priority.

I guess it really started about this time last year.  I gained 8 lbs. and I just couldn’t take it off.  Six months later, I put on another 8 lbs., which also refused to leave me.  Besides that, my triglycerides were elevated.  That bothered me more than the vanity aspect (although, I’m not gonna lie.  I was bothered by how I looked . . . and I really didn’t want to buy a whole new, larger wardrobe).

I was trying the military diet, and trying to fit in exercise.  But, I just wasn’t sticking with anything.  A friend of mine was posting her great results using YOLI, so starting on 01/02, I started using their products and strictly sticking to their meal plan.

There are a lot of things that I like about YOLI.  But, there are also some negatives.  It is really expensive.  With YOLI, you don’t eat dinner, you have a meal replacement shake.  This makes sense, because I understand when you eat late in the evening, and then are inactive, that food can just turn to fat.  But, I miss going out to dinner with my family, or sitting down for dinner at home.  There also isn’t a real clear path laid out about what you should do once you reach goal weight or after you finish the initial 28-day transformation.  The good thing about that is that it’s pretty flexible at that point.  But, maybe flexibility isn’t such a good thing for me?

I am happy to say that I have lost 9 lbs. in about 2.5 weeks.  The results motivate me to keep going!  I also feel that it is a pretty healthy plan, and I won’t be surprised if, at my annual doctor’s appointment next month, my triglycerides will be back in the normal range.

This plan was appealing to me because I knew that I needed to make getting healthier a priority.  This was a change in lifestyle, and not an easy one.  But, I had to bite the bullet to see any real results.  The other thing that has helped . . . my husband and I have a bet to see who will lose the most weight this month!  Also, my friend who was using YOLI is my coach, so I have accountability all over the place.  I would hate to go to her and say I didn’t stick to it!

I also really want to win that bet . . .

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive

A few weeks ago, I posted this scripture on my facebook page:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (NASB)  I posted that because I felt there was a lot of negativity around me, and it was making me crazy.  It was also making me cranky.

As someone who has overcome anxiety issues, I am very sensitive to the physical effects of anxiety.  It all starts with negativity.  I have formed a habit of not allowing my thoughts to spiral into the negative.  I might dip my toe there, which is more than I should do, but it’s just too uncomfortable for me to stay there.

There are so many Bible verses about being joyful, trusting in the Lord, and not being anxious.  When God repeats Himself on a topic, you can be assured it’s important.

Lately, I’ve had that song in my head “Accentuate the Positive, eliminate the negative, hold on to the affirmative.  Don’t mess with Mr. In-between.”  Try getting that out of your head now.

I started thinking about how that song is consistent with the Bible, so I looked up the lyrics online.  It has been recorded quite a few times!  Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Johnny Mercer, to name a few.  I can understand; it’s pretty catchy.  But, I was surprised to find that the song references Bible stories and starts off as a sermon.  Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics.  Excerpts from Lyric Depot:

Gather ’round me, everybody
Gather ’round me while I’m preachin’
Feel a sermon comin’ on me
The topic will be sin and that’s what I’m ag’in’
If you wanna hear my story
Then settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewin’
The attitude of doin’ right

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

(Man, they said “We’d better accentuate the positive”)
(“Eliminate the negative”)
(“And latch on to the affirmative”)
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

Something my old boss used to say to me when I would complain, “There must be something you like about it or you would change it.”  To be fair, there are circumstances beyond our control sometimes, but that comment shut my complaining down immediately.  Complaining and gossiping do not work toward bringing gloom down to the minimum.

While my journey to recovery from an anxiety disorder did not start with the Bible (although it should have), it did start with accentuating the positive.  My negative thoughts were largely turned toward myself.  As my faith has grown, I’ve learned that, while being humble is something God definitely values, we also need to remember how much God loves us and that we have worth.

So, the next time you feel the urge to focus on the negative, think of this song.  Once you think of it, you’ll have a hard time thinking of anything else!  Or remember any number of Bible verses, such as 1 Thessalonians 5:16 “Always be Joyful.”  I want to be reminded of this so much, I made a plaque of it and hung it on the wall.

 

 

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Silk Plants Direct Outdoor Tree Review

I’ve been blogging for a year and nine months, and for the first time I received something in exchange for providing a review.  Finally!  Super exciting!

Before I get started, let me tell you a little about my history with plants and why I jumped on this opportunity.

When I was in my 20’s, I always had houseplants.  For a while, I lived in an apartment with a “sun room”.  When I lived there, I had ten to fifteen houseplants.  I was really into caring for them.  I had no pets or kids.  I had one plant for probably 15 years.

Then, I got married, got a dog, and had a baby.  I said good-bye to all of the plants, and haven’t looked back.

Now let’s talk about my relationship with outdoor plants.  Here, I’ll keep it succinct.  I have a bad back, and bony knees.  These are not the makings of a good gardener.  My husband handles the yard.

So, when I found out about the opportunity to do a review on artificial plants, it seemed to be for me.  I’m all about low maintenance.

While I could have selected an indoor plant, I decided I liked the idea of an outdoor artificial plant because it seemed a little different.  You see artificial indoor plants all the time, but I wasn’t sure I had ever seen an artificial outdoor plant.

This plant is from Silk Plants Direct.  I chose the Cedar Pine Tree.  Besides finding the idea of an outdoor artificial plant interesting, with Christmas coming up, I thought the kids and I might put some lights on it and leave it indoors for a while!

The box it arrived in was very narrow, so the plant was pretty scrunched up.  This is how it looked after a couple of days.

So, admittedly, not quite like the photo online.  But, the branches may go down more after a little time.  I figure it’s okay that it’s not perfect and symmetrical, because a live bush wouldn’t be either.  The pot is a little out of proportion, but if I were going to put it outside, I would get a larger, decorative planter.  Problem solved.

The leaves look super realistic to me (maybe just a little bit too shiny).

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’ll give it a 7.  I definitely think it would be worthwhile to check out some of their other plants.  Use the code BLOGGER10 and receive a 10% discount on your purchase!

 

You Should See The LEGO Movie (Even if You Don’t Have Kids)

I’ve watched a lot of kids’ shows over the last eight years.  A LOT.  Some are pretty entertaining, and some are downright painful.  Have you seen Dinosaur Train on PBS?  Seriously . . . drugs had to be involved in the creation of that show.

The LEGO Movie is one of those rare movies that the kids and I enjoy equally.  Actually, I think I like it even more than they do.

Why?  It’s hilarious.  It’s a commentary on the following (particularly in the U.S.):

  • How mindless we can be.
  • How we put a great deal of effort into fitting in and getting other people to like us.
  • How we sometimes follow rules without questioning them, even when they make no sense.
  • How we sometimes ignore subtle messages, even when we have a feeling that something is not right.
  • We’re discouraged from maintaining our uniqueness.

If you’re even mildly interested in Conspiracy Theories, this movie is for you.  I talked a friend of mind into checking it out.  He doesn’t have kids, and he was reluctant.  However, after watching some of it, he said “It’s a protest movie!”

The movie starts with Emmet, the main character getting ready for work.  He has the TV on, and President Business, the ruler of LEGO world, is making some announcements.  He says, “. . .  take extra care to follow the instructions, or you’ll be put to sleep.. . . ”  He continues with his message about Taco Tuesday.  Emmet responds by asking himself, “Did he say put to sleep?”  Of course, he forgets about it 10 seconds later.

I partially like this movie because my son is very into LEGO kits.  These are pretty complex, and you must follow the instructions exactly, or the project won’t turn out correctly.  When I was a kid, my brothers had a lot of LEGOs, but there weren’t kits then.  You just made stuff.  So, I’m kind of happy when my son tears apart what he made with the kit to use the parts for his own creation.

In the movie, there is a focus on always following the directions.  Most of the characters are blissfully oblivious to the evil plans of President Business (or Lord Business, as the Master Builders who have a clue, call him).

Another quote from Emmet, “President Business is going to end the world?  But he’s such a good guy.  And Octan – they make good stuff . . . music, dairy products, coffee, TV shows, surveillance systems, all history books, voting machines.  Wait a minute.”

By the way, even though the evil character is called “President Business”, this is not a commentary about our current President.  It came out in 2014, during a different administration.  It’s not a commentary about a former President either.  It is an observation of what our society has become.  It’s like I’ve said before, most politicians, regardless of party, are for themselves, not us.

You should see The LEGO Movie because, believe it or not, this kids’ movie is holding a mirror up to our faces, while making us laugh.  It might just make you think, while entertaining you.  Hopefully, you won’t be like Emmet and forget about it 10 seconds later.